Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fleet M3 service station temporary facilities open after fire

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Image caption The blaze on 13 December started in a coffee machine

Temporary facilities at a motorway services have opened three months after the site was badly damaged in a fire.

The blaze erupted in a restaurant at Fleet services on the southbound M3 in December. No-one was injured but the rear of the building was destroyed.

An investigation subsequently confirmed the blaze started in a coffee machine.

The new temporary structure was formerly used as the food hall for Olympic athletes during the London 2012 Games.

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Image caption The motorway services building was turned to a "shell" after the fire

About 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze and part of the M3 was closed for a time before it was brought under control in the early hours of 14 December.

The footbridge which runs over the M3, named after BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills, was also closed in the aftermath of the fire due to smoke-logging.

Welcome Break said work on a permanent building, due to open in 2018, would begin shortly.

Image caption The temporary building was formerly used as the food hall for Olympic athletes during London 2012

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